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uambros
general pipe maintenance
uambros

hi, I am a college student renting an apartment on campus. The house itself seems quite old. A couple of days ago, part of my ceiling fell down due to the fact that the connection between 2 pipes eroded and there was a small leakage. Now I have been booted from my room for a few days. They say it is due to the pipe being 100 years old. They may have been exaggerating but in any case, the fact remains that the pipes are old. Is that even allowed? Isn't it their responsibility to maintain the pipes? I am asking because I feel very inconvenienced and am going to ask for a reduction in rent. However, I need to know if this was an accident that could have been prevented or simply an accident

kentvw
Re: general pipe maintenance
kentvw

Don’t know about the pipe maintenance but I do know about being inconvenienced. Yup, I get inconvenienced all the time. But, I get over it a lot quicker than I used to.
For instance: The people in front of me in the Mc Donald’s line today were an inconvenience and took way too long to order, took too long to pay and what was worse ordered their food in such a way that it all had to be specially prepared………. I’m thinking, “Just order the hamburger already!” Man, I was feeling seriously inconvenienced right then………………. But I got over it.

goldhiller
Re: general pipe maintenance
goldhiller

They may have been exaggerating but in any case, the fact remains that the pipes are old. Is that even allowed?

I'm not sure if pipes are "allowed" to get old or not......but they do it anyway.

Isn't it their responsibility to maintain the pipes?

That's what they're doing right now, I think....if I understand correctly.

Seriously though....if there are no lead potable water pipes present, I doubt that there are any codes requiring the landlord to replace the pipes after they reach age "x". I suppose depending upon locale ....there *might* be a code requiring any copper pipe fittings soldered with lead bearing solder to be replaced.....if the structure is being rented to/leased to/used or occupied by.....the public at large.

Even new pipes/plumbing can leak. There's a post here right now about a leaking pipe to a bathtub in a brand new house. "Stuff" happens.

Do you have a right to ask for a reduction in this month's rent because of the inconvenience? You bet. Ask away. Is it worth grinding your teeth or getting a lawyer if they say "no"? Not in my opinion....... unless you're paying $3,000 a month or more for your digs. Life's too short. Fight the battles that are really worth fighting and let the rest roll off your back.

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